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Posted by J. Potts

February 16th 2011

I loved the Secret Intensity of Everyday Life, but I'm wondering why the hardback costs £94.00 on amazon?

William Nicholson responded:

A very good question. Either it's a mistake, or the seller (someone called Elitedigitaluk in New York) reckons the hardback has become a collector's item. Happily you can get the book from Amazon new in paperback for £4, or used in paperback for 1p, which is more like it. The follow-up novel, All the Hopeful Lovers, currently only in hardback, will be out in paperback in June. And I've just finished the third in the series, The Golden Hour, and expect to see it published at the end of this year.

Posted by tammy

February 15th 2011

I have had this quote from First Knight on my desk at work for many years, "God give us the wisdom to know what is right, the courage to choose it, and the strength to make it endure." I see from my research that his may have been the actual quote you wrote: "May God grant us the wisdom to discover right, the will to choose it, and the strength to make it endure." My question is what is the actual line that you originally wrote. My follow up would be, that which ever the line, the thought is very inspiring. I should like to know if you have any favorite lines that you have wrote and why.

William Nicholson responded:

I'm afraid my memory is not up to the detail here. But it sounds like a parody of Reinhold Niebuhr's famous Serenity Prayer, 'God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, And wisdom to know the difference.' A favourite line written by me that I can remember is 'We write to know we're not alone' from Shadowlands.

Posted by Chris Close

February 15th 2011

Dear William, I had the great pleasure of photographing you at last years Edinburgh International Book Festival for the exhibition around the walkways. I am currently doing a course for wannabe screenwriters!... Do you ever refer back to previously rejected works and consider resubmitting them with a few tweaks now that you are more successful just to see if the outcome is different.... How necessary do you find it to divide your time intellectually between the formula of film and the freedom of novels and whether my dreams of Hugh Hefneresc decadence are as ill founded as considering screenwriting as a viable way to fund suitable amounts of bread and cheese on which to survive? Best Wishes, Chris

William Nicholson responded:

I remember your wonderful photograph very well. No, I don't submit previously rejected work, because it's all from so long ago. More recent work has never been rejected, just (when it doesn't come off) not developed as far as a film. A form of after-the-event rejection, if you like. And yes, I do find it very valuable to split myself between film and book work. The one refreshes the other. And the film work subsidises the book work. But no life of decadence, I'm afraid. Best of luck with your own writing.

Posted by Martin Jones

February 12th 2011

I've finished translating all the Manth Script from the Wind on Fire Trilogy, but the following letters are not used: J Q X Z What are the Manth symbols please?

William Nicholson responded:

If you go to the Wind Singer page on this website you'll find the Old Manth translator, which will show you that there is how all the letters translate. J is like a curly L; Q is the same as C followed by a U; X is the C symbol with the tail of an S added; and Z is a D symbol with the tail of an S added.

Posted by saidu

February 11th 2011

Dear Mr.William, I got script that I wish to query you for since you're a produced writer.I have something call HUTU POWER.I write this true event that focuses mainly about two decades of misterminding the Rwandan genocide that eventually came to be in 1994.Will you like to read the first twenty pages?

William Nicholson responded:

I'm a writer. You need to show your script to a producer. I wish you the best with it.

Posted by sammy burke

February 10th 2011

thank you for answering my last question! i'm 11, when i get a job (a while away in the future!!) i really want to be an author, all my teachers say that i'm a great writer, but i also want to be a biologist, do you think i should be an author, biologist or both? what when im at school should i try hard at for the future?

William Nicholson responded:

You can certainly be both. All writers need something to write about - why not biology? After all, it's the science of life. And you never know, as you grow older, you may find other passions too. The great thing about writing is that it uses all of your life experience. So keep writing, whatever else you do.